Having a lead foot in the state of California can cause yourself to second guess your decision to speed. Often in a hurry, America’s often speed without even knowing they are. Not surprisingly, the California highway patrol speeding ticket cost is one of the highest in the country. It would be wise not to speed when you drive in California. The highway patrol takes speeding violations very serious and is constantly cracking down on offenders.
The cost of a speeding ticket does depend on a few different things such as the driver’s age, speed they were traveling and history of speeding. Often times, younger, beginning drivers that are caught speeding will face a heftier fine than that of an experienced driver. It’s also important not to forget that along with speeding ticket violations, comes increased insurance rates. Once your insurance company is notified about your fast driving, they will undoubtedly increase your insurance rates. These rates are known to increase any where from 25 percent to 50 percent. Before you decide to speed, remember the possible consequences and the cost of receiving a speeding ticket.
Actual California Ticket Costs
The California highway patrol speeding tickets cost generates close to six billion dollars a year in revenue for the state of California. Six billion dollars a year just in speeding tickets! Like all speeding tickets, the fine amount will vary depending on the miles per hour above the speed limit that you were traveling. The faster you are caught traveling above the speed limit means that you will be paying more in fines.
In California, it is very common for drivers to attend driving school when they are fined for speeding. This occurs so that people can maintain their driver’s licenses and to reduce the potential consequences from speeding. Amazingly, the California highway patrol speeding ticket cost could be as much $450 for only going 15 miles per hour over the speed limit! You can check out some interesting facts at www.ticketbust.com. (See my TicketBust.com review )
Real Life California Speeding Ticket Violations and Fines
1. One person in San Diego was going 85 miles per hour in a 60 mph zone. They were actually arrested and had to pay a speeding fine of $273.00, plus a $24.95 fee for driving school
2. Traveling on Rt. 101, a man was going 20 miles per hour above the speed limit and received a $213.00 fine.
3. In Bishop, California a woman was fined $350 for going 91 miles per hour in a 65 posted zone.
4. Caught in a speed trap between El Centro and Yuma, a woman was clocked going close to 100 miles per house. Luckily for the woman, the speed limit was posted at 85 so she was going only going 15 miles over the posted limit.
5. On Interstate 10, a male driver was clocked at driving 101 miles per hour in a 70 mph posted zone. Going more than 30 miles per hour over the speed limit, the original ticket amount was for $600. The driver did fight the charge, getting it reduced to $420.
6. Another man was traveling late at night in Torrance, California going 30 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. He was fined $350.
About Guest Post Author:
Christopher J. McCann is a practicing Traffic Attorney Orange County at the law offices of Christopher J. McCann, who was recently awarded his 6th SuperLawyers Magazine “Rising Star” award. You can follow Chris twitter at @cjm_law_firm